By ALEX MCNAMEE
---- — BEECHER CITY – Patoka pitcher Johnnie Clift did it on his own from the mound, throwing a complete game, but everyone on the team chipped in offensively in Patoka's 10-2 win over Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick on Monday.
All nine Patoka batters reached the plate in each of the final two innings, as the team scored seven runs on BCCH's relief pitchers after holding a slim 3-2 lead to start the sixth inning.
Left-handed pitcher Jacob Kenter held a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning for BCCH, but gave up and RBI double to Clift and an RBI single to John Houston, giving up the lead an eventually leading to the loss.
As Kenter reached his “pitch limit” at the end of the inning, BCCH head coach Bill Hammer replaced him with Jackson Bales. Patoka preferred facing Bales.
“I think we were glad not to see a lefty,” Patoka head coach Joe Eddy said. “This is our third lefty in a row. We had some good at bats against Kenter, but nothing came of it.”
An error and a single allowed Garrett Belcher and Kyle Adams on base to start the inning for Patoka. Trey Lowery's sacrifice fly scored Belcher from third.
Two walks set up a triple for Clift, which scored two runners. Patoka's Ryan Miller also registered an RBI in the four-run inning.
“We're just short on arms,” Hammer said. “(Kenter) reached hit pitch limit and we have five games this week, so I shut him down maybe a little sooner than I usually would.”
After the four-run sixth inning, Clift shut down Beecher City batters, striking out three of the final seven batters he faced. He gave up one walk, in the seventh inning, which was hit only one of the game.
Hammer replaced Sales with Cody Grove in the seventh inning and Patoka started, once again, by getting the first two batters on base – both Belcher and Adams hit singles.
Clinton Hood hit a double to score the two runners and Seth Allen's base-hit scored Hood one batter later.
“We're getting deep into counts where they're going to have to throw us some fastballs,” Eddy said.
Clift let one run score in the seventh inning, as Austin Rexroad reached third on a fielding error for the , but he forced Kenter to pop out to center field to end the game.
Clift pitched seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs. He struck out 10 batters and only walked two players.
“He's one of the best players in the area,” Eddy said. “He keeps you in games. He keeps hitters off balance. When he comes up to the plate, you want to pencil him in for a hit before he even swings.”
BCCH heads to St. Anthony this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WP: Clift (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 10 K, 2 BB), LP: Kenter (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 6 K, 2 BB)Patoka: Hood (1-2, 2 RBI), Allen (3-3, 2 RBI), Clift (3-4, 3 RBI), Miller (RBI), Houston (RBI), Lowery (RBI)BCCH: Rexroad (1-2, RBI), Seaton (1-3, 2 RBI)